Actress Teyonah Parris was recently profiled in Complex Magazine. The rising star, who spoke to Complex about her latest work, rocks a stylish asymmetrical fro in the glamorous editorial.
The Dear White People star just finished filming for Spike Lee's Chi-Raq and returns to Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse this month.
Earlier this year Parris documented an encounter with a man who fetishized her natural hair. She shared the complexity of her hair transition in the feature.
“I would relax my hair because I thought I had to in order to make it in this business and be accepted socially. I decided to challenge myself because I had no clue what my natural hair looked like. That became a whole other journey for me, learning to accept the way God made me and what naturally comes out of my head. It’s a process, for some. I had to accept my hair being big and curly and a small ‘fro. You’re like, oh I love myself, I like how I look—but you like what you do to yourself to make yourself look [like that]. Your hair does not grow straight and long like hers, so get over it. It made that self-acceptance go deeper.”
Read the complete interview with Parris here.
Photos: Chuck Grant / Complex